Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Strawberry And Green Chili Jam

I absolutely adore Strawberries and always get a punnet on our weekly shop. Whatever strawberries don't get eaten are cut up and and stored in a ziplock bag and frozen. I find it a sin to let them rot.
Another fave ingredient of mine is fresh chilies and I also have plenty of them in the freezer at hand. So I thought why not combine my 2 fave things and turn them into a yummy Jam :) So I went ahead and did it :) It tastes sooooooooo gooooood :)

I punnet of sliced frozen Strawberries(you can use fresh) 
5 Green Birdseye Chilies ( topped and blended) I kept the seeds in for added heat but you can remove them if you wish.
1 Brown sugar ( not the packed one just ordinary)
1 cup White granulated sugar.
Juice of 1 lemon

Preparation method:

Put the frozen strawberries In a large bowl and Add the 2 types of Sugars  and the blended chili.

Now add in the juice of 1 lemon and give all the ingredients a good stir.

Transfer The strawberry Mixture into a large heavy based pan and turn the heat up to low and stir continuously until all the sugar has dissolved and the the strawberries have separated.

Now get a potato masher and crush a few of the strawberries, I like to keep it chunky but you can use a blender at this point to make the jam smooth.
Now turn up the heat and bring the jam to a rolling boil.
Once you reach that boiling point time 10 minutes and keep stirring while the jam is boiling. Do this for only 10 minutes as over boiling will end in disaster and your jam will Crystallize. Remember the jam will set as it cools so don't be fooled by the runniness of it. 10 minutes is perfect.

 After the 10 minutes of rapid boil, you will feel the jam thickening, you should now remove the pan from the heat and try to skim off as much of the scum/foam from the surface and put it aside in a bowl, do not throw this away as this will be your first tasting of the batch that you've made.

Now if you have a canning kit go ahead and follow the procedure.
I do not have a canning kit so I washed two small jars with hot soapy water which does the trick :)

Put your jars on a heat proof surface or a kitchen towel  And carefully Ladle the jam into the jars. Please be very careful as the jam is extremely hot.

Get a wet paper towel and clean the rim of the jars and around the jars and let the jam cool completely before storing them in the fridge.

Enjoy :)

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